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How to remove ads from the Android notification bar?

What is advertising in notifications?

It has become common if we have an Android smartphone that notifications with advertising appear. This advertisement is called Airpush, as it is the name of the company that popularized this system. Actually, it stands to reason that developers want to earn income from their applications. They are free to do so, but we are also free to avoid it.

How to remove that advertising?

There are systems to remove advertising on Android. However, most of these require Root. Therefore, the best way to end this advertising in the notifications is by detecting which are the applications that insert this advertising, and unintaling them. Now, an essential problem arises that greatly complicates the process, and that is having to detect these applications when there are a large number of apps installed on the smartphone.

First of all, it must be taken into account that most of the applications with this type of advertising are poor quality and malfunctioning apps. However, it is impossible to know exactly what you are. Let’s see how to identify which apps are the ones that advertise in the notifications.

1.- Airpush Detector

We can install this application on our Android smartphone or tablet. It is called Airpush Detector and as its name suggests, it is dedicated to locating which apps are the ones that put this type of advertising. Once we have located these applications thanks to this detector, we will only have to dedicate ourselves to uninstalling the applications that have been selected. Believe it or not, it is the only option to end them.

Some other applications similar to this that we could opt for would be Airblocker, TrustGo Detector, Advertising Detector or Addons Detector.

2.- AppBrain Ad Detector

The above application may not display any App in the list when monitoring the smartphone. In this case, we can choose another application, such as AppBrain Ad Detector. What this does is analyze all the applications that are installed on the phone, as well as each one that is subsequently installed. When we run it, it shows us a list of installed apps and on the right there is a one-color bar: Red, green or yellow. If it is red, it is that this App has permissions that can allow advertising. We cannot determine what those apps are, but it allows us to know which ones are probably advertising.

3.- CatLog and OS Monitor

Lastly, we have a process that is practically foolproof. We are not going to trust the applications that carry out processes to, in theory, locate the apps that put advertising in the notifications. We can carry out the entire detection process. For this we will have to install two applications. These are CatLog and OS Monitor.

The first application is used to see the registry of processes executed in the system. What we have to do is pay attention to the smartphone, trying to locate the moment when the ad appears. So, we just have to go to CatLog, and search the registry for the latest process. We already have the data of the process executed by the application to place the advertising. With the options, we can obtain the PID number of that process, which is the identification of the application.

Once we have this, we run OS Monitor. This application also locates the apps that are active at a time, but not the processes, but the applications. And the best thing is that there is not only the name of the App itself, but also the PID, which is its identification code. Now, we look for the PiD that we have obtained thanks to the previous step, and we will already know which is the application that we have to uninstall.

Without ROOT

The best thing about these methods is that they do not require Root. In many cases it is necessary to have Superuser permissions to be able to end advertising in application notifications. In this case it is not necessary and we can carry out this process on any Android smartphone and tablet, having to install the applications that we recommend and following the steps that appear in this article.